it takes more skill to paddle the explorer. Translation- boat lean/weighting/angle to initiate the turns. You need to be comfortable bracing and leaning out of the boat. Once I got that down i found it a more responsive boat with more possibilities. you've got to commit more in the explorer but ultimately I found it way more responsive because of the 2ndary stability and the ability to "put it on edge" and sink the gunnel down to the waterline. For me the tripper was a straight up or over boat. It definately sheds bigger water better. I had the same problem with a short ww canoe. Never could get the hang of the "taureau". That flat displacement hull and deep sides didn't do it for me, felt like a miniature tripper.
Touring Kayak Paddles
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